Teaching Science in Australia: Results from the TIMMS 1999 Video Study
Australian Council for Educational Research Ltd.
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Education / Fogarty Learning Centre
The purpose of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 1999 Video Study was to investigate and describe Year 8 mathematics and science teaching practices in a variety of countries. The seven countries involved in the TIMSS 1999 Video Study were Australia, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong SAR,2 Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States. All seven countries took part in the mathematics component, while Hong Kong SAR and Switzerland chose not to participate in the science component. The initial TIMSS pen-and-paper assessments of students’ mathematics and science achievement took place in 1995. On average, students from the United States were significantly outperformed on the TIMSS 1995 mathematics and science assessments by students from the other countries that participated in the 1999 video study.